Pope John Paul II’s new football coach won’t have to spend any time figuring his way around Middle Tennessee. Or how to win a state championship, for that matter.
Jeff Rutledge, whose coaching career has included stints in the NFL and college, as well as TSSAA Division II titles with Montgomery Bell Academy, was named on Monday the second coach in the history of the JPII program.
Rutledge replaces Jeff Brothers, who moved to Nashville Christian School a little more than a week ago.
“I am thrilled to accept the position as head football coach at JPII,” Rutledge said in a release announcing the move. “The school's football program has developed an outstanding reputation by not only producing great athletes, but also great individuals.
“I look forward to meeting the players and their families, and to working with the coaching staff at JPII to continue growing the program and molding our players into fine young people.”
Rutledge most recently worked with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and was a member of their staff when they went to the Super Bowl two seasons ago. He also was an assistant with Vanderbilt following a 14-year playing career in the NFL.
He won back-to-back state championships (2002, 2003) at MBA.
“Coach Rutledge brings an enormous breadth of experience to our program,” JPII Headmaster Faustin Weber said. “As a school that strives to provide a well-rounded experience for our students, it was important that we found a coach who shares our values.
“We believe Coach Rutledge's record as a high school coach, particularly at a Division II program that emphasizes academics, makes him a perfect fit for us, and we're honored to have him on our JPII team.”